At this point, most people are familiar with Netflix’s ever-expanding catalog of original TV shows as popular programs like Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards have bolstered the success of Netflix’s endeavor. Following the release of well-received original TV content, Netflix announced in 2014 that it would add feature films to its repertoire of original content and that Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, the sequel to Ang Lee’s turn-of-the-century martial arts film, would be the first one released. Today, Netflix released a new trailer for the anticipated sequel, which comes out in select theaters and on Netflix next week on February 26.
In case you need some catching up on the first film, it follows the journey of two warriors Li Mu Bai and Yu Shu Lien, who must find a stolen sword and the fugitive who stole it. Praised for its gorgeous choreography that blurred the lines between martial arts and dance, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2000 and was nominated for several others, securing its place as one of the most important foreign language films in United States history.
In the trailer that was released today, it looks like the sequel will be about an evil villain who’s trying to get his hands on the coveted sword from the first film. Yu Shu Lien, who’s reprising her role, is seen training a new warrior, the young and fierce “Silver Vase.” In a segment of the trailer that is reminiscent of the famous Kurt Russell “again” scene in 2004’s Miracle, Yu Shu Lien teaches her apprentice that to listen with her mind is the key to strength and agility. Together, they must protect the sword so that it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. Based on the trailer, it looks like there will be a little bit of everything we want in the upcoming sequel: romance, beautiful scenery, and of course, more astounding martial arts and choreography.